Tim Cook took over as the CEO of Apple in 2011 after the passing away of Steve Jobs.
Cook made some significant contributions to Apple Inc. Whether it was closing down factories and warehouses or asserting that Apple stands in support of sustainability and acknowledges climate change. By April 2012, he was on Time’s list of ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’
Apart from just all that, Cook, one of the most influential and powerful businessman, was also rumoured to be a gay man. In 2014, he came out publicly through a beautifully written personal essay in the 2014 Bloomberg Business editorial. He stated:
“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
FOR A GREATER CAUSE
The man who already is in the limelight often wished to maintain his privacy, but the driving force behind him going public was Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s quote:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
Many people working close to Tim Cook were already aware of his sexual orientation. Clarifying that he was never “closeted” in the first place, he went on to express how it is his social responsibility to come clean about his sexuality.
The extremely reserved man broke his silence because he felt the need to give back to the society. Saddened by the news of kids being bullied, discriminated against, and even disowned by family, he realised how he was fortunate to work in an environment of acceptance. He hoped that the declaration would act as a beacon of hope to everyone, those belonging to the LGBT community or otherwise.
“Saddened by the news of kids being bullied, discriminated against, and even disowned by family, he realised how he was fortunate to work in an environment of acceptance.”
Cook does not consider himself to be an activist but has been actively using his stature to highlight various LGBT issues. He has been a staunch supporter of gay rights from the very beginning. Needless to say, his coming out was a surprise for few.
With this selfless act, Tim Cook also became the first Chief Executive Officer of a Fortune 500 company to be openly gay. He was awarded the Human Right’s Campaign’s Visibility Award, in 2015, for his brave decision to come out.